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Grab Your Metal Detectors! Artist Hides $16,000 Worth Of Gold On The Beach For People To Find

Published: 01.09.2014
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Ready, set, treasure hunt.

English artist Michael Sailstorfer buried $16,000 in gold bars along the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone, England. He’s calling the installation “Folkestone Digs.”

Beginning today, residents and visitors have the chance to claim the gold for themselves. There are no rules. The event coordinators have even buried dozens of metal washers in order to trick metal detectors.

Sailstorfer’s interactive art exhibition is about the story, rather than the gold itself.

The exhibit is a part of the Folkestone Triennial, an art festival. Lewis Biggs, the Triennial’s curator, told The Guardian that the exhibit is about visitors’ actions, not simply the gold.

He said,
"It is a participatory artwork. It is about people coming to the beach and digging and possibly finding hidden treasure. Some people will get lucky, some people will not get lucky – and that’s life."

Biggs said that he looks forward to seeing what participants do with their gold. That’s a part of the art, as well.
The Triennial runs from August 30 to November 2.

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